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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 19 Hideki Matsuyama


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 19: Hideki Matsuyama

Born: Feb. 25, 1992, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan | Career PGA Tour Wins: 2 (6 on Japanese Tour) | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,758,619 (15th) | World Ranking: 14

Gary Williams' Take: In the massive rush to declare the next great thing, Matsuyama has managed to come to America after Ryo Ishikawa and eclipse Ishikawa’s accomplishments while assuming the burden of having the throng of Japanese press follow his every waking moment. He turned 24 in late February and already has top 10s in the three of the four major championships and is statistically one of the finest ball strikers on the PGA Tour. He consistently ranks among the best in all the categories that matter most, and by making the choice to play the PGA Tour at an early age, he has already been on two President Cup teams and has a reasonable chance to become the most accomplished Japanese player on the best Tour in the world long before his 30th birthday.
Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 13
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters - 5
    U.S. Open – T18
    British Open – T18
    PGA Championship – T37
Best Career Finishes
    Masters - 5 (2015)
    U.S. Open - T10 (2013)
    British Open - T6 (2013)
    PGA Championship - T19 (2013)
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Top-25 Finishes: 6
Missed Cuts: 1

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